MATLAB is a high-performance language for technical computing

What is Matlab?

MATLAB is a high-performance language for technical computing. It integrates computation, visualization, and programming in an easy-to-use environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical notation. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java.

You can use MATLAB for a range of applications, including signal processing and communications, image and video processing, control systems, test and measurement, computational finance, and computational biology. More than a million engineers and scientists in industry and academia use MATLAB, the language of technical computing.


The University of Sussex has a Campus Wide licence for MATLAB, Simulink, and many other add-ons toolboxes.

The license agreement covers on-campus and home software use for all instructors, staff, researchers, as well as classroom and lab installations. The Campus agreement also allows students to use Matlab on their personally owned computers.

Matlab TAH toolboxes

The Campus Wide license include access to many Toolboxes and add-ons. This link provides a full list of products available under the agreement: Mathworks agreement.


MATLAB Online provides access to MATLAB from any standard web browser, wherever you have internet access – just sign in. It is ideal for teaching, learning and convenient, lightweight access. You will need a Mathworks account in order to access MATLAB Online - please use your Sussex email address when setting up your account. Click this link to access Matlab Online:

Downloading for home use

The Matlab Campus Wide Agreement allows staff and students to download and install Matlab to their personal computers. To download and install Matlab, please see the separate Staff and Student links in the top right of this page. You will need to agree to terms and conditions before you begin your download, and your username will be recorded for auditing purposes.

Further information

To install Matlab on your own computer, it will need to meet these minimum requirements:


Tutorials and help

Support for Matlab is provided by MathWorks. Visit MathWorks support for more information.
MathWorks may ask for your License Number - please refer to the download pages in the top right of this page.

Mathworks have a range of useful tutorials on their website.

Download & install Matlab

Students and staff at the University can download and install Matlab to their own computers. You will need an Activation Key to install the software, or to set up an account to access Matlab Online. Please follow the appropriate link below:

Download for Students
Download for Staff

Updated on 27 October 2023